Over the past year, efforts around developing conformance requirements for xAPI were on-hold. Fortunately, this is rapidly changing. The Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative announced two Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) awards related to developing conformance requirements. ADL granted one award in June of this year to Rustici Software to document a very technical approach for conformance requirements. Recently, ADL granted another award to the Data Interoperability Standards Consortium (DISC) to perform research and development around xAPI conformance.
DISC’s efforts include the collection of requirements for conformance to the xAPI specification for learning record store (LRS) software. This is independent from the work Rustici Software is doing. The overall project will resolve differences in requirements documented by the two efforts. As a result, the xAPI Community will produce a stronger set of conformance requirements.
However, DISC’s mandate goes beyond software conformance. DISC will gather requirements and offer recommendations for a certification program to identify LRSs that can demonstrate conformance via third-party testing. Additionally, DISC will gather requirements and make recommendations on how to certify professionals that implement xAPI.
The first phase of Rustici Software’s work on conformance requirements is wrapping up. Meanwhile, DISC’s requirements gathering is already underway and needs your input. The approach will be community-driven, engaging multiple stakeholder groups.
Please participate in this open and collaborative process.
For more information on how to participate, go to https://datainteroperability.org/research-activity-xapi-data-interoperability.
A webinar kicking off this xAPI conformance requirements project’s activities will be on Wednesday, August 10 at 1pm Eastern. Register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2828900858025184258.